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Sunday, October 26th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (3-3-1-0) at Vancouver Canucks (4-2-1-0), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks go in search of their third straight win tonight, when they take on the Phoenix Coyotes at GM Place.

Vancouver is unbeaten (2-0-1) in its last three games on the heels of a two- game losing streak. The Canucks have climbed into the top spot in the Northwest Division, one point ahead of Colorado and Calgary.

The Canucks haven't played since Wednesday, when they edged the St. Louis Blues, 3-2. Jason King scored the game-winner with just 12.7 seconds left to pick up the victory.

Brent Sopel added a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who improved to 4-0 at home this season. Dan Cloutier need to make 20 saves for Vancouver, which has outscored their opponents 16-4 at home this season.

Brad May served his one-game suspension for cross-checking Buffalo defenseman Jay McKee in the face on Monday.

Phoenix is winless (0-3-1) in its last four games, including a 4-4 tie with the San Jose Sharks. Paul Mara finished with a goal and an assist for Phoenix in the contest.

David Tanabe, Shane Doan and Mike Sillinger had a goal apiece for the Coyotes. Zac Bierk stopped 41 shots in his season debut for Phoenix. Doan has three goals this season.

Phoenix was 1-for-3 on the power play in the deadlock.

Phoenix center Krystofer Kolanos wasn't on the ice Saturday night against San Jose and will look to return to the lineup tonight. Kolanos has not registered a point in six games this season.

Vancouver dominated this series last season, going 3-0-1 in four meetings. The home team is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings between these clubs.

10/26 10:12:37 ET


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